By Raven Lipford
Greetings to all the students who are passionate about perusing issues regarding social justice. If you believe in the concepts of human rights and equality for all then this fellowship will be perfect for you.
The Social Justice Fellowship, which was introduced last year, allows you to be an ardent worker in social justice issues, while receiving academic credit for it. It’s a win win. This fellowship takes you through a series of classes, beginning with Trust, a high school course that dives into the meaning of identity. Then, you will move to the Social Justice course which takes you through a variety of lesson plans teaching you the history regarding social issues in our country, and the systematic way that things are implemented. Finally, you will be able to take the Social Justice Capstone class where you will have time to work on your final project. The fellowship is meant to take place over the course of about 3 years so you have time to not only properly process all of this information, but to also grow your knowledge regarding these issues over an extended period of time. But if you begin as a junior, or even a senior, you will still be able to have the same experience, just a quicker pace.
To complete this Fellow, you must have a number of in-school service activities, as well as out-of school ones. You can volunteer at the annual heritage dinner, join an affinity group, or complete different services during the school day. Out of school, you have the opportunity to attend SDLC, which is the Student Diversity Leadership Conference, where you are immersed in 3 days of informational seminars discussing the importance of identity, and leadership regarding social justice issues. SDLC is a great way to expand your knowledge on these issues while surrounding yourself with other young students who seek to gain the same experience. If you are involved in service groups outside of school this will count as well.
This Fellowship is an excellent opportunity, and I would recommend for everyone to do it. Due to all the problems and wrong doings in the world, it is important for the youth to gird themselves with the knowledge on why things are the way they are, and why things instilled in the past call for a way of order today. My experience in this fellowship has been an excellent one. This is only my first year working on the designation and I can already feel myself expanding my knowledge regarding these issues. I love it. This has been an amazing journey thus far, and I cannot wait to see where it will take me. I seek to be the change I want to see in this world, and I believe this fellowship is a stepping stone towards that. I hope that all of you take it on!